Didier Deschamps will remain as France manager even though they were surprisingly knocked out in the last 16 at the hands of Switzerland at Euro 2020 earlier this week, according to reports.
The world champions were knocked out of the tournament after Kylian Mbappe missed a penalty shootout in Bucharest, drawing 3-3 after extra time.
There have since been reports of clashes between several players including Paul Pogba, Adrien Rabiot, Benjamin Pavard and Raphael Varane, as well as several families of the French star who clashed after the match.
Didier Deschamps will reportedly remain as France coach, despite their surprise exit at Euro 2020
France were beaten on penalties by Switzerland to exit the tournament in the round of 16
Deschamps – France’s longest-serving boss – has also been heavily criticized by the French press and reports suggest former international team-mate Zinedine Zidane is eyeing his job after leaving Real Madrid earlier this summer.
But according to Le Parisien, the 52-year-old will spend the remainder of his contract, which expires in December 2022 following France’s bid to defend their World Cup crown in Qatar.
French FA president Noel Le Graet has been a huge supporter of Deschamps since he took over from Laurent Blanc in 2012, having managed 117 games as Les Bleus boss.
But in an interview with Le Figaro earlier this week, Le Graet appeared more evasive about Deschamps’ future.
Reports of a player making a fuss on the pitch in Bucharest have appeared in the French press
‘He needs to reflect, me too, we will meet each other away from FFF [French Football Federation] to spend the day together, to see his motivations and desires,” said Le Graet.
“We’re not going to question everything, after everything he’s done. We are talking about a man who won everything and made us win the 2018 World Cup.
‘I want to see how his state of mind is, if his motivations are intact, and mine too.’
Asked about the repeated rumors of Zidane’s arrival, Le Graet remained coy, adding: “He’s a guy I like. Zidane will one day arrive as head coach of Les Bleus. When? I do not know. I don’t have a spoon to tell you.
Zinedine Zidane (right) is being linked with the French job but Le Parisien claim Deschamps will stay until after France retain their World Cup crown
Deschamps admitted before the tournament he was open to extending his contract, having agreed new terms in December 2019 to take him until after the next World Cup.
“I can continue after 2022 with my president’s approval,” Deschamps told RTL earlier this month.
“People have to want to keep me and for that you need results. I’ll be doing something else at some point, but I thrive in this manager role.
I have a contract until December 2022, but today I’m not thinking about becoming a club coach. I am very happy, all conditions are met.’
French FA president Noel Le Graet (right) insists he will hold talks with Deschamps about his future
Deschamps has won 76 of his 117 games for France, recording 23 draws and 18 defeats as well.
He helped them reach the quarter-finals of the 2014 World Cup under his leadership before reaching the final of Euro 2016 on home soil.
The former Juventus star went on to become the third man after Mario Zagallo and Franz Beckenbauer to win the World Cup as both player and manager after they beat Croatia 4-2 in the 2018 final in Russia.